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Richard A Dickson

Rancho Cordova, California

April 27, 2013

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
24 Air Force SSG

306th Intelligence Squadron

Beale Air Force Base, California

 Killed near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, in the crash of an MC-12 aircraft.  The cause of the crash is under investigation, however initial reporting indicates there was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the crash.


Richard A. DICKSON 
DICKSON, SSgt. Richard A. 
Born May 7, 1988 in Sacramento, Calif passed away suddenly on April 27, 2013 in Kandahar, Afghanistan at the age of 24. Richie is survived by his loving wife and soul mate - Lacie D. Dickson & their baby girl - Sophie A. Dickson. He is also survived by his mother Rebekah (Kelly) Pratt, grandmother Martha Reinking, sister Erron Poole, brother Chad (Michelle) Dickson, nephew Riley Paber, niece Rachael Paber, in-laws Robin & Lawrence Gueths, many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends & fellow Airmen.

Richie proudly served his country in the USAF from June 2006 until April 27, 2013 as a Airborne Intelligence Systems Operator. Richie was an amazingly loving husband, father, son, brother & uncle. Richie was a kind, loving soul who accepted everyone for being exactly who they were and he will be greatly missed by all who's lives he touched, may his memory live on in our hearts forever and ever!!! To sign the online guestbook please visit:

Published in The Sacramento Bee on May 12, 2013
From the Rosemont patch rosemont.patch.com 05/08/13:

Airman from Rancho Cordova Killed in Afghanistan Plane Crash
Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard Dickson, 24, was killed in a plane crash Saturday in Afghanistan.

Posted by Cody Kitaura (Editor) , May 08, 2013 at 10:22 AM
Four people, including a Rancho Cordova resident, were killed Saturday when their U.S. Air Force surveillance plane crashed in Afghanistan.

Rancho Cordova resident Staff Sgt. Richard Dickson, 24, was stationed at Beale Air Force Base and had been deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, according to the Department of Defense.

Also killed were Virginia resident Capt. Brandon L. Cyr, 28, Hawaii resident Capt. Reid K. Nishizuka, 30, and Kentucky resident Staff Sgt. Daniel N. Fannin, 30. Nishizuka was also stationed at Beale Air Force Base.

Gov. Jerry Brown ordered flags at the State Capitol flown at half-staff in Dickson's honor Tuesday, and Wednesday in Nishizuka's. The men's remains arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Deleware Tuesday.

The MC-12 aircraft Dickson and the other airmen were piloting crashed near Kandahar Airfield, the Department of Defense said. It is not the same crash as the highly publicized crash of a Boeing cargo jet near Bagram Airfield Monday. That incident killed seven civilians.

Neither crash is believed to be the work of enemy combatants.

Rep. John Garamendi (D-Fairfield), whose Congressional district includes Beale Air Force Base, released this statement:

“Staff Sergeant Richard A. Dickson and Captain Reid K. Nishizuka served our country valiantly. These heroes served their nation until their last days, executing their mission with courage and the kind of selfless commitment that is the core of our nation’s strength. When they joined the Air Force, Sergeant Dickson and Captain Nishizuka knew the dangers of the job, yet they willingly put their lives on the line in service to our country. As a community and as a nation, we must rally behind their families and friends during this period of mourning. My thoughts and prayers are with them all.”

SACRAMENTO – On behalf of all Californians, Governor Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown honor Staff Sgt. Richard A. Dickson, who bravely gave his life in service to our state and nation. The Governor and First Lady extend their deepest condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time. 

In memorial, Governor Brown ordered that flags be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol today. Staff Sgt. Dickson’s family will receive a letter of condolence from the Governor. 
Staff Sgt. Richard A. Dickson, 24, of Rancho Cordova, CA, died April 27, near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, in the crash of an MC-12 aircraft. He was assigned to the 306th Intelligence Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, CA. Dickson was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. 

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